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Best place to buy steak to cook at home?

Looking to cook a nice sirloin, ribeye or porterhouse at home. Anywhere from Beverly Hills to Hollywood. Thanks for the referrals.

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  1. look no further than harvey guss.

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    1. re: wilafur

      i've bought from Harvey a few times before... i know he's good, but a) at +++$20/lb for tenderloin, I think he's better than whole foods, but is still making a killing off his non-restaurant customers, & b) when i asked him where he sourced his meat, he said 'nothing but the best from IBP' which I assume meant Iowa Beef Packers... not sure if y'all have read fast food nation, but I'd rather not get my meat from them, even if it is $10 less per pound.

    2. My choice would be either Marconda or Huntington Meats in the 3rd and Fairfax Farmer's Market. Definitely not cheap - you're looking at the better part of twenty bucks a pound - but I'd trust it to be great. I'm also a pretty big fan of the Bristol Farms butchers at my local location; I'd assume they'd be as competent elsewhere. How's is another good source, but you don't have any of those in your area.

      1. Alexander meats is worth the drive(in San Gabriel)

        1. If I wanted the best, I'd second the rec for Harvey Guss. But you must call ahead (day before, at least).

          My local Whole Foods (mine is in Tustin) has dry-aged meat (minimum 21 days IIRC) that is reallly really good. I've gotten some killer dry-aged steaks there. You might check in at your local WF.

          1. For inexpensive but good steaks, I've had great success at, of all places, Stater Brothers Markets. Had a 1" rib eye for about $6.99 a pound that, after being left to get to room temperature, sprinkled with some Lindberg Snider Porterhouse & Roast Seasoning, was done to medium rare on my Weber Silver B, tasted so good. My wife and I both had this that night, and we agreed it was as good as any in a fancy overpriced steak house. Yes, I know you can pay $20. a pound for some steaks, but generally they disappoint unless you're really careful.

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            1. re: EclecticEater

              I second Stater Bros. It's the place I get ALL my meats for special occasions. You can't get quality for that price at any other place.

            2. Pardon me if I repeat myself (repeatedly), but the Beachwood Market, in Beachwood Canyon by the Hollywood sign, can't be beat. Like other old school (open since 1931) butchers, they dry age most of their steaks (NY, ribeye, sirloin, filet) for 21+ days, yet unlike Whole Foods or others, they charge reasonable prices ($8-$15/lb. max). Don't get me wrong -- the butcher is the only good bet in the whole store; the produce, for instance, isn't up to Ralphs. nevermind WF or Gelsons. But I have turned on dozens of friends to the butcher, and every one of them stops there regularly now. Enjoy.

              1. Hows markets have Prime steaks. The Ribeye is amazing on the BBQ and better yet on the pallet.

                Their steaks are especially good when bought on one of their sales.

                Go to Hows.com for the online weekly specials and location.

                1. excuse me also for the repeat...BUT if you want a truly spectacular prime steak
                  its' $$, but so worth it!

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                  1. re: ostudio

                    I have to agree, every piece of meat that I've bought at Lobel's has been superb.

                    If you want to go really cheap, I've been getting fantastic rib-eyes from Trader Joe's (not the grass fed steaks, the regular kind.) They are about $10, and I've gotten excellent results when I've broiled them.

                  2. If you don't want to break the bank, I'd try Costco.

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                    1. re: socal boy

                      Costco meat ranges for me -- if you're buying skinless, boneless, tasteless chicken breast it's OK but the meat is just "eh".

                      My suggestion would be to head into the Valley and go to one of the branches of Vallarta, or to Carniceria Don Juan. The meats are really, really good, and much cheaper than any of the places previously mentioned (with the possible exception of Costco). It isn't that far -- really!

                      Note, however, that these are Mexican markets and therefore cuts of meat are slightly different -- shouldn't matter for a ribeye or a porterhouse, but some of the translations from Spanish can be wonky ("diesmillo" becomes either "clod steak" or "cold steak", depending on who's writing it).

                    2. BRISTOL FARMS

                      Large Variety
                      Prime & Choice Cuts
                      Dry Aged Cuts
                      Farm Raised Game

                      Butchers will accommodate all your needs.

                      You'll have to re-up on your Home equity loan though.

                      You get what you pay for.